Florida nonprofit corporation guidelines
How to form a Florida Non Profit Corporation:
Fill out and file in duplicate the Articles of Incorporation (Not for Profit) form with the Florida Department of State. You can deliver it in person or by mail, with the filing fee, although the best option is to file it online. If you hire ‘Northwest’ as your Florida registered agent and the articles will be in your online account, pre-signed with our consent.
For more details, see our How to Start a Florida Non Profit below.
Then you begin that process with the IRS to get your tax exempt 501c3 status. See our Tax Exemption page.
What are the filing fees for a Florida Non Profit Corporation?
Include a $70 filing fee with your FL Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation. The Secretary of State accepts check, money order or credit card.
How long does FL take to process your formation articles?
Florida Division of Corporations takes about ten days to process your incorporation forms. File it online if you are in a hurry. Online filings are finished in one to three days.
What types of endings are required when naming a Florida non profit organization?
End your name with Corp or Inc but not Co.
How many directors are required in Florida?
A Florida Nonprofit must have the names and addresses of three initial directors.
How many incorporators do I need on my Certificate of Incorporation in Florida?
Do I have to be specific about the purpose of the Florida nonprofit?
Florida asks for a description of your purpose. You will need to attach another page if you include the IRS language for 501c3 status.
Does FL Division of Corporations have ongoing requirements for non profit organizations?
Yes, all non profits must renew online by May 1st each year and pay $61.25.
What about Florida non profit charities?
If your non profit is a charity, it needs a separate registration with another FL agency. See our FL Charities Page.
Florida Non Profit Formation Contact Information:
Ph: (850) 245-6052
Northwest Registered Agent,LLC
Tampa, FL 33607